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Government responds to first phase of Grenfell Tower Inquiry – RIBA replies

The RIBA has today replied to the Government’s response to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s first phase.

21 January 2020

The RIBA has today replied to the Government’s response to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s first phase.

Jane Duncan, Chair of the RIBA Expert Advisory Group on Fire Safety, said:

“The report on the first phase of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry revealed the true horror of the events at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017.

Aspects of the Government’s response – such as the formation of a steering group to assess evacuation matters and proposals to lower the height threshold for sprinkler requirements – are welcome, but do little to address the fact that England’s building and fire safety regulations lag far behind those in other UK countries and international standards.

The RIBA has long been calling for changes to rules on cladding, sprinklers and means of warning and escape to ensure that people are safe and a tragedy like Grenfell can never occur again.”

ENDS

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